Teresa is an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation and currently works as the Project Manager for the Lummi Indian Business Council’s Office of Economic Policy Division. The Project Manager implements projects approved by the Economic Development Commission, LIBC Treasurer and the elected LIBC. This is a key position in building sustainable economic growth for the Lummi Nation. This role is highly collaborative and requires managing work across internal and external teams to drive projects to completion.
In 2015, Teresa ran for an elected Ferndale City Council position and won. She is serving her fourth year as an elected Ferndale Council Member. Her liaison responsibilities include the Ferndale Downtown Association, Ferndale Heritage Society, Ferndale School District, Ferndale Community Resource Cooperative, Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee, and Whatcom Transit Authority. She is currently running for re-election, see www.votefortnt.com.
In 2018, Teresa was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Board of Trustees for Whatcom Community College. The board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget and hiring the college President.
In her consulting practice, Strategic Development Northwest LLC, Teresa has also worked on code research and revisions, public relations work, and non-profit management. She is also the proud owner of a small business, Washington Fireworks Superstore.